Very well put. I think it has had an effect on my health.
Honestly sometimes the electrical utility industry is tough. Its a 24-7-365 job. It respects no holidays,birthdays,anniversaries, nothing. It wouldn't hurt my feelings to get out of it completely.
I have thought about pursuing a passion of mine as a side business. The possibility is there where I could do it full time. I am researching things needed to start it up.
Working here has soured me on the utility industry honestly. There are definitely some that have to be better, but many that are worse.... Many times you cannot determine that until you have already jumped in the deep end.
I feel the same way... my industry is not utility service, but it is 24/7 and the company is the 2nd largest in the world in our industry. I took my new position in January 2017, and I've traveled more than 50,000 miles this year for work and been out of town for 58 nights. Needless to say my wife is not amused. Because I care and because I know what I'm doing, many people around me seem to feel that it is "OK" that they pile their problems on me instead of taking their own responsibility. I have a bachelor's in ECE and an M.Sc.Tech degree as well, so I may look into something else, but that would involve a move for me as well, and my wife doesn't want to move away from the grandkids. I might need to find an early 2000s Honda Insight and hypermile it
Life is short and hard, like a bodybuilding elf. Don't submit yourself to endless mental torture... find a job that you are happy doing, and adjust your spending/finances to fit the new "normal". You may or may not make as much money, but happiness and health cannot be bought when you're unhappy in your job. JM2C.